New Delhi: The split in the Janata Dal(United) became a public spectacle on Sunday, with angry supporters of Nitish Kumar stonewalling party president Sharad Yadav's reported intentions to elect a new legislature party leader in the state.
Passions ran high both inside and outside 1, Anne Marg, the official chief minister's residence in Patna, with party leaders and workers pleading with Nitish to reconsider his decision to step down.
The Janata Dal (United) Legislative Party (JD-ULP) meeting ended on Sunday evening after party leaders created a ruckus unanimously choosing Nitish Kumar as their leader and insisted that he withdrew his resignation.
Facing the heightened sentiment of the MLAs, Kumar sought time till Monday to convey his decision to the party on his resignation, JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh said.
BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi along with opposition leader Nand Kishore Yadav and state president Mangal Pandey.Kumar in his speech at the meeting said his continuing as chief minister would be a loss for the party and insisted on not withdrawing his resignation.